Bernie Sanders slams Mayo Clinic decision to shut southwest Minnesota facilities

The Democratic presidential candidate accused the health system of greed.
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Leading Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has slammed the Mayo Clinic Health System for its recent withdrawals from small cities in southwest Minnesota.

The world famous health organization earlier this month announced it would be closing its clinics in Springfield and Lamberton, along with a hospital facility in Springfield.

It cited low patient numbers as being among the main reasons for the closure, as well as struggling to attract physicians to staff the facilities.

It's the latest in a number of closures or cuts the Rochester hospital has made in recent years, with 23 positions in the process of being cut at its facilities in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Clinics in LeRoy, Adams, and La Crescent, Minnesota, have closed in recent years, with patients diverted to larger locations in nearby cities.

But the cuts by the Mayo Clinic, which generated $12.6 billion revenue in 2018, including $706 million in profits, have drawn the ire of Sanders, who is a firm advocate of Medicare for All.

"Mayo Clinic executives have decided to strip away access to health care from tens of thousands of rural Midwesterners – putting profits over people," Sanders tweeted.

"Under Medicare for All we will end the corporate greed in health care that is leaving rural Americans behind."

In response, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson told BMTN: "Mayo Clinic is proud to serve over 500,000 patients in the health system.

"We remain committed to providing high-quality services to all of our patients, whether here in Minnesota or abroad, and continue to work to find creative solutions for serving rural communities in the future."

The Springfield clinic has seemingly been saved from total closure by Allina Health, which has been selected by the city to continue providing a number of services including primary care, specialty care consultations, and lab work.

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